Reading a book and following a sport are as different as any two activities can possibly be.
However, there’s one thing in common between them and it’s they’re highly addictive.
If you happen to be someone who likes both, sports autobiographies can be the perfect option for you. They mix the joys of reading a book and the thrill of watching an exciting match, with the added benefit of getting to know more about your favourite athlete.
Here are some of the best sports autobiographies you should not miss to read.
1. Playing It My Way- Sachin Tendulkar
Irrespective of whether you’re a cricket fan or not, Sachin’s autobiography is a must read simply because of the fact that he’s the greatest cricketer and arguably one of the best Indian athletes in history.
In his own words, “No autobiography can claim to document every detail of the author’s life,” but this is as close as we can get to know about his life and what kept him motivated through this glorious journey.
2. Straight from the Heart: An Autobiography- Kapil Dev
Kapil Dev led us to our first World Cup victory and in a career spanning 17 years, contributed with bat and ball with equal excellence.
The book stands true to its name and touches your heart with its simplicity and honesty.
3.The Race of My Life- Milkha Singh
His performance on race course fetched him the title of ‘Flying Sikh’ and truly, his entire life has been about running, sometimes from places and sometimes from circumstances.
As a boy who escaped death during partition and later escaped police after stealing, Milkha’s life changed once he joined the army.
He ran for the forces and then for the country, missing on an Olympic medal in 1960 as he stood fourth.
Milkha Singh’s life seems straight out of a movie and his autobiography is not one to be missed.
4.Golden Girl- The Autobiography of P.T. Usha
Another sprinter and another heartbreaking finish.
PT Usha missed a bronze medal in Olympics 1984 by 100th of a second but her efforts did not go in vain. She is and will forever remain the inspiration for every athlete out there.
Aptly named Golden Girl, PT Usha’s autobiography is packed with inspiration and should definitely be on your list of books to read.
5.Unbreakable- Mary Kom
As if being a woman athlete wasn’t enough, Mary Kom had to also face difficulties of being from a family of landless agricultural labourers and playing a sport which comes with its own share of struggles.
She overcame adversities to become not only one of the most celebrated athletes and an Olympic medallist but also the champion of a sport thought of as that suitable for men.
Read the book for the overwhelming story of this rebel who fought against all odds, and emerged victorious.